in·​fer·​no | \in-ˈfər-(ˌ)nō \
plural infernos

Definition of inferno 

: a place or a state that resembles or suggests hell the inferno of war also : an intense fire : conflagration a raging inferno

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Examples of inferno in a Sentence

By the time help arrived, the fire had grown to a raging inferno. the intense heat of the raging inferno repeatedly drove back the firefighters

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And others still are sleeping in their cars or camping in tent cities that have organically emerged in the miasma of the inferno. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.," 17 Nov. 2018 Trump’s assertion that Russia didn’t meddle in American elections sparked an inferno on the left. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Dem Civil War: Fury over Trump summit threatens to expose new party divisions," 19 July 2018 But Strzok’s firing, rather than easing tensions, might serve to fuel the partisan inferno surrounding the bureau’s work. Matt Zapotosky, The Seattle Times, "How anti-Trump texts ruined the career of the FBI’s go-to agent," 14 Aug. 2018 More than 100,000 acres have been charred by the inferno. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Sixth Carr Fire victim ID'd as California contends with new blazes," 1 Aug. 2018 The inferno spread rapidly early Sunday morning, consuming 1,500 acres and razing at least a dozen structures. Thomas Leavy, CBS News, "Officials report "zero containment" of 1,500-acre blaze Pawnee Fire in California," 24 June 2018 This is a battery gone bad, and the ensuing inferno is nothing to sneeze at. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "This Flaming Robot Shows Just How Dangerous a Busted Battery Can Be," 7 July 2016 An exotic excursion to see swimming pigs on the white sandy beaches of the Bahamas' Exuma Islands turned tragic when a small tour boat became a floating inferno after an engine exploded. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "'Like a horror movie': 1 dead as desperate passengers flee Bahamas tour boat explosion," 2 July 2018 How else could the back of the house survive the inferno of a Saturday night, with all the burners on full blast, the printer rat-a-tatting tickets and half the proteins 86’ed? Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "The Female Couples Remaking the Restaurant Industry," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of inferno

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inferno

Italian, hell, from Late Latin infernus

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The first known use of inferno was in 1834

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English Language Learners Definition of inferno

: a very large and dangerous fire

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